Name = "Dr. Mark H. Liu"
titles = ["Associate Professor of Finance",
	 "Director of MS Finance Program"]
Contact_Info = {"Phone":"1-859-2579842", "Email":"mark.liu@uky.edu"}
languages = ('English', 'Chinese', 'Python', 'C/C++', 'HTML')
bio = '''tenured finance professor; founding director of UKY MSF;
         book author; programmer; tech enthusiast'''


Ph.D. in Finance, Boston College

M.S. in Economics, University of Western Ontario

B.S. in International Economics, Wuhan University


(Founding) Director, MS Finance Program, University of Kentucky, 2016-present

Associate Professor of Finance (with tenure), University of Kentucky, 2011-present

Visiting Scholar, Boston College, Fall 2011

Assistant Professor of Finance, University of Kentucky, 2004-2011


Finance students with coding skills are in high demand on the job market. Python is widely used in the finance industry. Because of this, the MSF program has incorporated Python in its curriculum. I am writing a Python programming book that will soon be published by No Starch Press (a well-known publisher of Python and other open-source books such as Automate the Boring Stuff and Python Crash Course).

You can pre-order my book MAKE PYTHON TALK on Amazon here or on Barnes & Noble here.

The book is on how to use speech recognition and text to speech to build fun applications.

For example, you can build your own Amazon Alexa using Python. You can keep the program running 24/7. Whenever you need help, wake it up by saying "Hello Python," and tell the program what you want to do.

Click here to learn more


How Should a Firm Go Public? A Dynamic Model of the Choice between Fixed-Price Offerings and Auctions in IPOs and Privatizations, Review of Corporate Finance Studies 2019, p42-96, with Tom Chemmanur, Boston College)

A Theory of Equity Carve-Outs and Negative Stub Values under Heterogeneous Beliefs, the Journal of Financial Economics 100, 616-638, with Onur Bayar, UT San Antonio, and Thomas Chemmanur, Boston College

Analysts Incentives to Produce Industry-Level versus Firm-Specific Information, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 46, 757-784. (single-authored)

For the list of all publications, click here